I might or might not have mentioned a loud metallic rattling noise I was getting whenever letting off the gas entirely in 5th, at 4000 and 3000 RPMs. Well today Bonnie was due for an oil change and I mentioned this to the attending, and about half an hour later we knew what the problem was.
Now I am not so sure I wanted to know that badly that my driver-side motor mount is as good as gone.
The good news is, it's a 20 dollar part. The bad news is, I suspect they'll have to pull the engine to get to the said part.
The picture manual to pulling the engine is using a 1st-gen Miata, but you get the idea. I am not sure this is something I would like to practice my mechanical skill on, so it'll have to be another astronomical bill.
Guess I'm doomed.
On a less gloomy note, installing a new horn seems to be a relatively easy task, so when it gets warm enough to work outdoors without freezing the fingers to the metal (North Carolina winters can be harsh) I will get a nice loud horn and try to install it.
I have finally had enough of SUV drivers not hearing my Miata's--let's face it!--wimpy horn after they have failed to see me and are about to drive me off the road. So I want to upgrade to something more formidable that will make them forget that cell phone call and drop it (along with their sandwich) and pay some attention.